Champions League: Bayern Munich Defeat Viktoria Plzen At Home
Bayern Munich absolutely demolished Viktoria Plzen on home soil to record their club record eighth straight Champions League win. This game was never going to be competitive as the home side just used their experience, skill, stardom, speed and talent to put five past the opponent’s keeper to keep their expected success story running.
Franck Ribery netted a brace while Mario Goetze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba all added one apiece to finish the job. Just reading those four names should force any soccer fan or follower to realize how special this team really is.
Yes, they are a bunch of stars that play together, but it is not just about them. Their coach Pep Guardiola is a genius that proved himself at FC Barcelona with the 4-3-3, but here he has implemented the experimental but successful 4-1-4-1. In fact, he took a world-renowned right back in Phillip Lahm and put him in front of the back four as a the lone defensive midfielder, and it has worked to perfection.
This is a team that is expected to repeat as the UCL champions. Teams that can give them trouble in doing so are Barcelona (who they dominated in last season’s semis), Real Madrid, PSG and perhaps Borussia Dortmund. These teams are capable of going quite far in this competition, but only one of them has gone all the way, and that team is Bayern Munich.
Munich are adapting to the new style of soccer under Guardiola, but besides being crushed by a score of 4-2 to Dortmund in the Super Cup back in August, almost everything has gone their way in every match since then. Basically, the team improves game by game and by the end of the season, they should be top dogs.
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